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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  911 ratings  ·  111 reviews
From the bestselling author who brought us Perfect on Paper and Cassidy Lane comes the tale of a young woman who wakes up one day and decides to start over.

Katrina Lynden has always walked a straight line in life, an approach that has resulted in a stable career and pleased her hard-nosed parents but that has also left her feeling unfulfilled and miserable. When her best f
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Published August 12th 2014 by Lake Union Publishing (first published January 14th 2014)
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Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
This was a light "finding yourself" type of story, about a young woman named Kat who quits her boring accounting job and moved to New York City to figure out what makes her happy. She quickly makes friends and falls into her new life, and of course everything ends with a happily ever after. This is a short book, and a really light read, so if you need something fluffy, this is for you!
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read Maria Murnane’s Katwalk after reading Wait for the Rain and Bridges and identifying so much with the main character, Daphne White. And I was surprised, once again, to find myself identifying with the heroine in Katwalk, Katrina Lynden. Katrina is twenty-nine and has worked for nearly eight years as an accountant at an advertising agency. She doesn’t like change, and she is awkwardly shy. Her life feels stagnant since she put aside her love of painting at the insistence of h ...more
Zed Whisper
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some books come about at the perfect time in your life and for me, this was the perfect time to read Katwalk. In this book we see how Katrina after much persuasion from her best friend takes the plunge to leave the job she hates in the finance department, to go on a 2 month holiday to New York. The plan was for both friends to leave their jobs the same day so they could travel together but Deb's plan changed after receiving an unexpected promotion. Katrina is terrified of going by herself but se ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Excuse me. Can I have everyone's attention please? Hey guys - Katrina is SHY. Got it? It's okay if you don't because you'll be beaten over the head with this kind of stuff over and over throughout the book. Not only is she shy, but super reserved and meticulous. She never does anything impulsive and doesn't like to try new things. Until one day... (Dun dun dunnnn)

Katrina is an accountant at an advertising agency in California and always does everything expected of her, at work and otherwise. Wha
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it


Actual Stars: 4,1

Reminded me of:
"Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothing you can't do
Now you're in New York!" - Alicia Keys - Empire state of mind.

3 words to describe it: Heartwarming, inspirational & adventurous!
Favorite part: Downward dog wisdom.

I have a weak spot for books and movies where people "find themselves" and I don't mean the cheesy gap year, get drunk and discover you really love Thai food kind of find yourself. Katwalk is a book about a woman who discovers
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Katrina Lyndon has been living in a small town in Silicon Valley all her life, working for 8 years as an accountant, straight out of uni. Katrina and her friend Deb both decide to quit their jobs and move to New York for two months to have an adventure.

However when Deb goes to quit she ends up with a massive promotion, leaving Katrina, who rarely does anything brave to move to New York by herself.

Katrina is a creatu
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Katwalk is the kind of chicklit that brings to mind words such as sweet, heartwarming, quaint, and possibly kooky. To be honest, I found it a little bit too saccharine-sweet. Perhaps I've just been reading too much angsty New Adult recently, but Katwalk was a bit too 'inspirational rom-com'-esque for my taste. It's a nice little adventure, and if you need a lesson in being strong, going for it and finding yourself then it's a good book to read. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. It's ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book. The characters were down to earth and very relatable. Though storylines similar to this have been done before, the authors unique voice adds to the charm of this one. Can't wait to read more from the author.
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Maria Murnane’s KATWALK, features Katrina, a single insecure, shy gal living a sheltered and boring life as an accountant. When she takes a risk and steps out of her comfort zone, she discovers an entire new world is waiting, which will change the course of her life.

A novel of self-discovery, where Katrina (Kat), learns to be true to herself for a life of fulfillment, versus always trying to ma
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Katrina Lynden's staid and stable life in Mountain View, CA, has left her feeling miserable. As an accountant at an advertising firm, she is doing what was expected of her by her parents. Utilizing the skills she learned in college.

But something is missing from her life, and the structure that guides her each day is starting to feel like a noose.

So when Kat's best friend Deb suggests that they quit their jobs and go to New York for a couple of months, for an adventure, she agrees. Even though he
Up All Night Book Addict
Maria Murnane has yet another great book under her belt! This is one of those stories that you cannot help but to sit back smile over!
So we have Katrina. Katrina has always done what is expected of her. She got the college degree that made her parents content. She got the job that suited that degree. And she is miserable.
When her best friend suggests that they both quit their jobs and move to New York City for a few months, she is hesitant. She knows her family will not approve. She isn’t used
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
It has been a little bit since I have read a book by this author. So when I saw the latest offering I thought now is a good time to check this author out again. This was a charming read. I liked Kat. In fact, I kind of liked the way that her naïve ways came into play. She made me think of myself. I could totally picture myself as her if I just quit my job and moved to another state with no plans and no friends. Although, the romance storylines that played out in the story were predictable. Hated ...more
Odette Cortés
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Katrina is a shy accountant from Silicon Valley. Her life was safe, predictable, unfulfilling and boring. But after being convinced by her best friend into taking charge and making a change, instead of complaining all the time, Katrina makes the bold move of moving to New York. There she decides to reinvent herself and find a new passion for life. Along the way she will find new friends, love and finally something that truly makes her happy.

Katwalk by Maria Murnane is a lighthearted and entertai
Dayna R
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free through goodreads first reads....
Holy crap! Such a good book! For starters, it was well written and the storyline was very interesting. Now to the fun stuff, I was living vicariously through Kat. All of her adventures and new friends... I was envious. In her 2 month span she did more things than I've heard of any local doing. I had a feeling it would end the way it did (not going to spoil it for you guys....) but it was the perfect ending. There is a touch of infidelit
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book about a change, a huge one. Have you ever given up on something just because you thought you can't do it? When you want to change something, you have to make the first move. I started reading this book but I wasn't convinced it might be interesting. But, after reading the first chapter, I knew I must read it as soon as possible. I wanted to know what will happen next. I was proud of Kat when I saw how she is changing inside, how she is eager for the next adventures. Shana's (Kat's friend) ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books, chick-lit
Cute enough, but sometimes read like a brochure from an advertising agency looking to attract newcomers and convince them to settle down in New York City. That could be off-putting at times, as was the slightly-too-perfect-for-absolutely-every-character ending. But you definitely could do worse if looking for escapey chick-lit.
Lisa Jensen
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was exactly what I needed. I am a point in my life where I need to make a big change. I could totally relate to Kat and look forward to my new adventure in my life.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was free on Amazon unlimited. I had a long flight. It was like reading a Hallmark channel movie.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Another wonderful book by Ms. Murnane. Katrina is a great character and easy to root for.
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Very inspiring & witty. Read more about it here
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the plot of this novel that was fast-paced with the perfect amount of subplots on the side, however, the main focus was Kat and her new adventures. Specifically, I admired the way the author brought her out of her shell at a realistic pace and didn’t base Kat’s happiness on just one thing. She had attention from men that she had never experienced, wild and crazy friends that wanted to hit the bars all of the time, she started exercising and getting healthy, and she started following her ...more
Alexa Dudley
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

REVIEW: Katrina Lynden has worked at the same accounting firm in Silicon Valley since graduating college. She has always done what is expected of her to please her overbearing parents. Bored with her monotonous life, she and her best friend Deb decide to quit their jobs and move to New York City for a two month long adventure. After a last minute change of events, Katrina is left to take the trip to New York alone. What follows i
Arielle Deltoro
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story and truly enjoyed witnessing Katrina blossom into her true self that lay beneath the surface. This novel was about the idea that if you live to make others happy but it doesn’t make you happy, something needs to change. Small changes can lead to big changes. Change can be a good thing, especially when you’re moving towards being true to yourself and working towards living a life that makes YOU happy.

I loved the friendships that Kat develops in New York and I loved watching her
Jessica Bronder
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Katrina Lynden is an accountant that is horribly shy. She has always done what is right and what will please her parents. But her best friend Deb comes up with the plan to quit their jobs and to spend two months in New York. When the faithful day arrives Kat quits but Deb has a surprise promotion and stays at her job. Determined to follow through with the plan even though it is scary, Katrina goes on the trip by herself.

I can’t help but feel for Katrina, I’m the same way. Give me my numbers and
Moe's Book Blog
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction

Katwalk by Maria Murnane is a women's fiction novel about a woman who overcomes her extreme shyness and insecurity and ends up having the most freeing and uninhibited time of her life. Katrina Lynden, an accountant at an advertising agency in California, reluctantly agrees to quit her job and spend two months with her outgoing best friend in New York City. When her best friend suddenly backs out days before the trip, totally out of character for Katrina, she decides to go anyway as she has nothi
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The story pulled me in and I easily finished the book within 24 hours. The characters were likeable, except for Deb who might as well not have been in there at all. I found myself wanting to skip Deb's phone calls altogether as they were not contributing to the story.

Lastly, the book really makes you wait for the romance. And in the end there is not enough resolution. I really just wanted more of Justin.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like the book since this book helped me to make a better decision about my job. I didn't like my job environment but because I used to that job, I was afraid to change it. This book helped me to figure out what I want. Sometimes we need even a small change in our life to make us happy and confident. (Even a small change can make a big difference)
Julee Henderson
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it twice

I read it twice... I almost never read a book twice. It was an easy, rewarding read. A story about a brave woman and her journey to find herself and be happy. The content of her story was simple but were about going some where new, meeting new people, exercise and painting... oh, and coffee.
Heidi Thomas
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventures vicariously!

Lighthearted, but at the same time triggering so much self reflection. Kat let's us have a sneak peek into what can happen when we face your fears, without the risks of doing so for real. Though good luck not embarking on your own adventure after reading Katwalk!
Jasmine Necaise
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just another love story

The story really pulls you in. After so many authors trying to make theur books about a relationship between two people im glad this one was different. I loved the outcome.
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“In your life, it shouldn’t matter what anyone else is doing, or what anyone else thinks. You are the only person keeping score of your life. All that should matter to you is what is important to you. If you make major life choices based on what other people expect from you, or what will earn the approval of others, you’ll never be happy.” 2 likes
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